Andrew John HARRISON

Artist, Designer, Educator & Entrepreneur

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How I Use My iPhone

I was thinking the other day about life before iPhone and wondering how I managed to do all the things that my iPhone does… so I decided to put together a MindMap with the main tasks I use my iPhone for… and wow, its one thing to know this and another thing to see it all laid out visually… click on the image below for a larger image:

Global Competitiveness Index 2010–2011

This years Global Competitiveness Index tells an interesting story… the US is sliding down the rankings, Switzerland maintains its lead and Sweden is on the way up. Singapore goes sideways. Having said that ranked 3rd in the world is not a bad place to be! There are many factors that drive productivity and competitiveness. Understanding the various factors is a very interesting process… and if you are an investor and/or entrepreneur, where would you establish a new business? (ie: its easier to do business in countries at the top of the list)

Apple iPad 2 Review

Having had an Apple iPad since they were first released, I wondered if the new iPad would be different enough to get one. I didn’t wonder for long and moments later placed my order online. Shipped directly from the factory in China, the iPad arrived via Fedex.

Now that I have had a week or so to set up and test the iPad 2, I can say the improvements are significant and it is well worth getting one – even if you have a fully functioning original iPad.

Here are the main improvements/new features that stand out:

  • holding the iPad to read a book or email is easier and less strain on your arm because it is a lot lighter – which means longer reading times (I did not even notice this as a problem before)
  • the front and rear cameras enable video conferencing, taking snapshots and recording video… awesome! documents can be scanned, barcodes can be read and you can show video callers how you look in early morning video chats!
  • the lower profile (otherwise known as height) means it fits in more bags and is cooler… OK, the biggest benefit of this is the reduction in weight.
  • snapping (it’s magnetic) the leather cover on is a breeze – and it looks great.
  • faster run times means you don’t have to wait as long for apps to load, pages to download etc.

Despite what some people think – the iPad is way more than a large screen iPhone! Over time more apps are becoming available that take advantage of the cloud, syncing and integrating seamlessly with your desktop/laptop and mobile phone. A simple example of this is when you update a password on one device, it is automatically available on all your devices… (don’t worry, it is encrypted to make it secure).

If you haven’t ordered one yet… I highly recommend it!

Google’s Management Rules

In 2009 Google embarked on a project to analyze performance reviews, feedback surveys and nominations for top-manager awards to identify the top habits of the most successful Google managers… below are the results courtesy of the New York Times. It is interesting that #1 on the list is to be a good coach…




Past – Present – Future

It is amazing just how fast the future turns into the past. Take a moment and consider the present, and as soon as you focus on the present – it becomes the past.

Think about it. If the future is created in the present – and the future becomes the present at a certain point – which then immediately becomes the past…. if you spend all your time creating the future or living in the future, you will miss the magic of being present – here now. If you spend all your time reliving past glories, then you are missing the magic also.

The most powerful moment is right here, right now. Question is what you do with this present moment?

If you spend all your time enjoying the present, then you are not building or consciously creating your future.

So the best thing to do is to remember the past, live in the present, while creating and designing a better future… now that is an art!

The Future Is Now

American author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil has some very interesting predictions about the future… worth considering… check out the graphic below… and note the predictions that have already been proven true!

US Long-term real GDP growth 1871-2009

Some people are eager to predict the end of long-term US growth. I would not be so quick. The American people have a remarkable talent for bouncing back – just take a look at the below chart of long-term real growth is US GDP. Make up your own mind…


World Population

As we consider 2011 and what direction the future will take, it is useful to look at the world as a whole and remember that the world we live in today gives us very useful clues as to how the world of tomorrow will look.

Population size and growth are not the only factors to consider, however, they give you a very good idea of where things are headed.

Consider the below chart that shows that 50% of today’s world population lives in just six countries! Wow, only six countries! Clearly, the USA is the most developed of the six – and the others have a long way to go in terms of development – to catch up. This adds up to lots of growth… check it out for yourself:

Self-Driving Cars

The future can be seen in movies and todays research projects… and when it comes to transportation self-driving cars are just around the corner…

Manufacturing Productivity vs Jobs

As manufacturing productivity goes up – the number of manufacturing jobs goes down. This means that more output is being produced at lower cost. What happens to the people out of work due to increases in productivity driven by technology? They either go out of work altogether – or… up-skill themselves into higher paying service jobs.

Take a look at the below chart that makes the shift visible:

Motivators for Generation Y and Boomer Talent

There are some very useful pointers in this video…

The Importance of Company Culture

Check out this video from ABC Nightline about – they are trying to revolutionize how business is done and how people work… awesome!


Would you pay Employees $2,000 to quit?, which works hard to recruit people to join the company, says to its newest employees: “If you quit today, we will pay you for the amount of time you’ve worked, plus we will offer you a bonus.” actually bribes its new employees to quit!

The thinking is that if you’re willing to take the company up on The Offer, you obviously don’t have the sense of commitment they are looking for.


How Soft Drinks Affect Your Health

Kia Hamsters

I love these Kia hamsters…


Mood Tracking with twitter

Can you measure happiness? For many people happiness is subjective and not so easy to measure, however, a person’s mood level is easy to detect from their choice of words and their emotional content.

Alan Mislove and his colleagues at Northeastern University filtered 300 million 140 character tweets posted on twitter from 2006 to 2009 and measured them against a psychological word-rating system to assign a mood score reflecting positive vs negative mood level.

Check out the below visualization by location during the day… results are facilitating… people on the west coast of the US are happier than those on the east coast:


Video: The Empathic Civilisation


Video: Entrepreneurs Can Change The World


Entrepreneur State Of Mind

Highlights of a recent Entrepreneur Survey by Siamak Taghaddos include:

  • 52% of entrepreneurs use an iPhone
  • 36% feel the recession hasn’t hurt their business much
  • 28% feel 2010 is going to be the best year ever

Social App for Television

This iPhone App is cool… the interaction between social media and television.


About Google – Comedy (or is it?)


Double Standards

You can’t look the troops in the eye and say, “It’s been a bad year, we can’t do anything for you,” but then say, “By the way, we’re going to pay ourselves a $1 million bonus.”
H. Ross Perot (1930–), US entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and politician.

Referring to his resignation from the General Motors board following GM’s decision to freeze profit-sharing payments to workers while going ahead with executive bonus payments.

Source: Quoted in Thriving on Chaos (Tom Peters, 1987)

Mobile Commerce

The Personal Computer followed by the Internet created previously unimaginable new channels for commerce. Today’s new frontier is being driven by mobile phones.

Consumers are using their mobile phones to surf the internet, check bank balances and to make purchases. This new channel is called m-Commerce and though the sector is still in its infancy it is growing at an unprecedented rate.


According to IDC and Jupiter Media Metrix, US m-Commerce revenues climbed from $127 million in 2001 to over $58 billion in 2007. The progression of m-Commerce revenue charts out exponentially.



“You can’t look the troops in the eye and say, “It’s been a bad year, we can’t do anything for you,” but then say, “By the way, we’re going to pay ourselves a $1 million bonus.”

H. Ross Perot (1930–), US entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and politician.

Referring to his resignation from the General Motors board following GM’s decision to freeze profit-sharing payments to workers while going ahead with executive bonus payments.

Source: Quoted in Thriving on Chaos (Tom Peters, 1987)

Interview With Steve Ballmer


The No Asshole Rule: Book Brief


The No Asshole Rule – I Love it!


Google Wave


Here Comes The Bubble Again?


What Is The Clinton Global Initiative About?


Throughout The Day With Popular Apps

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Social Media

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Dove – Evolution Commercial


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